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Meet the Coach – Brad Blythe

Can you tell us about how you came to be part of the MGFA team?

– I’ve been part of MGFA now for nearly 10 years. It all started back in 2013 when I studied the MGFA Sports Science course at Darlington college. After completing my two-year course Martin offered me a full-time job and I’ve been here ever since.


Can you tell us a bit more about your career journey and experiences so far?

– I’ve been very lucky with the experiences Martin has offered me since working for him. My biggest achievement so far whilst working for MGFA I believe was:  when I was given the opportunity to be part of the team of staff within Darlington FC’s 1st team. I learnt so much during this time, which I feel has helped shape me into the coach I am today.


How did you prepare for work in the sector?

My main role within the business is to ensure our evening sessions (Little

Strikers) are delivered correctly and ensuring all staff members are delivering a high standard of coaching to the children whom attend our sessions.



What do you enjoy most about being an MGFA Coach?

The best feeling about working for MGFA is that you feel you are making a difference within the community and making the young people we work with feel valued. A big shoutout to all our staff, we are one big family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way… well maybe Ross’s dress sense haha.



What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hobbies, interests?

I am currently a season ticket holder for Middlesbrough FC and a grassroots coach at Hurworth Albion, so my weekends are full on football.


What team do you support?

– Middlesbrough FC


Favourite food?

Spaghetti Bolognese.


Anything else you would like to tell us?

I just want to say a big Happy New Year to everyone and us coaches can’t wait to see old and new faces back at Little Strikers in the coming weeks.